Alaska Film Archives

[1967 Fairbanks flood]
[1967 Fairbanks flood]
This film features what are likely relief efforts during the 1967 Fairbanks flood. A handwritten label on the film box says "Dan[?] airport, Kul[?], Church of God, Westgate, A67, Mom[?], Henry and High school, [?] Day, [?], Flood."
[1969 North American Sled Dog Championship Race - Fairbanks, Alaska]
[1969 North American Sled Dog Championship Race - Fairbanks, Alaska]
These scenes from the 1969 North American Championship Sled Dog Races in Fairbanks, Alaska, filmed by Fairbanks photographer Richard L. Hansen, include: an Alaska Dog Mushers Association sign; a Sled Dog Races Sweepstakes sign; dogs in dog boxes on a truck; a truck with Malamak logos; a man removing dogs from dog boxes and placing dogs in harness; a race board with names including Lombard, Attla, Redington, Shepard, Taylor, Nayokpuk, McDougall, Lake, and Folger; a race announcer; a drum filled with slips of paper for a drawing; spectators watching as the race starts under snowy conditions; a variety of dogs in harnesses; spectators buying and eating cotton candy; close-up views of dogs; a close-up view of a Fairbanks Dog Mushers Association patch on a man’s coat; many people in colorful parkas and boots; dogs rolling in snow; a sign for George Attla sponsored by J.C. Penney Co.; mushers; a truck for Wright's Aurora Huskies; and dogs peeking out of dog boxes on a truck.
[1971 Fairbanks news stories]
[1971 Fairbanks news stories]
This film contains news stories from 1971. Footage and stories include Larry Holmstrom interviewing tourists in a motorhome caravan and at Norlite Campground. Larry Carpenter presents a story on Manley Hot Springs that aired in July 1971. Footage includes the springs, the town, and several residents. Residents identified include Gus Benson, Bob Lee, and Bob "Whitey" Yule. Additional footage includes a report on a water project in Hamilton Acres in Fairbanks, a story about life in Mekoryuk village on Nunivak Island, and adult bicycle riding in Fairbanks in September 1971. People identified in the bicycle story include C.B. Bettisworth, Carol Bettisworth, Alexander Bettisworth, Amy Bettisworth, Andy Kleinfleld, Dr. William James, Geraldine James, Adam James, John James, and Mrs. James.
[1971 KTVF news stories]
[1971 KTVF news stories]
Some segments of film contain audio, and others are silent. Specific dates and other information noted on the original film are given here in parentheses. Footage includes a man speaking to a large gathering of people (undated) (silent), a student named Michael being interviewed about being expelled from school because of his refusal to cut his hair (story titled "Breeze") (1971) (sound), a man working with a radio antenna, men looking at an Alaska map, a man describing the Geophysical Institute's Biomedical Program and explaining how medical aid stations in Alaska villages can get medical information over the radio network (December 6, 1971) (sound), a story about Eneput Children's Center, women cooking, children playing (December 4, 1971) (sound), a man being interviewed about construction delays at the new Yak Estates Apartments in Fairbanks (December 7, 1971) (sound), students standing outside on a cold day, Nanooks basketball game scenes (1971) (silent), a man being interviewed about an Alaska Supreme Court Case involving charges of incompetence and immorality against a school principal (undated) (sound), children posing in a Nativity scene at First Baptist Church (1971) (sound), a story about a new training program for carpenters and journeymen (undated) (sound), men in a meeting (undated) (silent), statuettes of a gold panner being handed out at a ceremony, a story about an Alaskaland celebration (undated) (sound), children lining up to see Santa at Alaskaland Civic Center (undated) (sound), a man being interviewed about a court case involving charges against a school principal (undated) (sound), men being interviewed about police training, Lathrop High School students being interviewed about a student trooper program (1971) (sound), people in a meeting (1971) (silent), a man being interviewed about MUS Power Plant operations as men work at a coal chute and control panel (undated) (sound), people decorating a Christmas tree, men working on the pipeline, the BP building, and a cook making a meal menu (story titled "Arctic Christmas") (undated) (silent).
[1975 Fairbanks winter scenes]
[1975 Fairbanks winter scenes]
Footage features small houses in Fairbanks during winter, cars idling along streets in ice fog, a man pointing out exhaust system modifications designed to decrease emissions, downtown Fairbanks with ice fog during a dark afternoon, and a model and artist's concept of the Noel Wien library.
[Adler-Tollefson Family films - 1]
[Adler-Tollefson Family films - 1]
This film features Joanie Adler’s birthday with eight candles on the cake, Joe Crosson Jr. or Don Crosson at the party, Joanie Adler playing croquet with parents, Joanie Adler skiing with her parents and other children, Chena River break-up near the Cushman Street Bridge in Fairbanks, Chena River break-up with cars and trucks on streets (including Illinois Street), an overview of flooding as seen from a rooftop, coal bunkers in the background, Fairbanks Winter Carnival queen contestants, and an ice throne. Notes on the original film say “Terry Gordon, Baby ‘36, Xmas, Snow, Cabin, Flood, Carnival, Break-up ‘36, and Carnival ‘36.”
[Adler-Tollefson Family films - 2]
[Adler-Tollefson Family films - 2]
This is the 1936 Winter Carnival in Fairbanks.
[Adler-Tollefson Family films - 3]
[Adler-Tollefson Family films - 3]
This film contains footage of Joanie Adler with adults, Joanie riding a pony, Joanie at the zoo, Joanie riding a bike, an unidentified couple at a mining operation, Joanie Adler swimming, Joanie with her parents at a cabin, Joanie playing with Christmas toys, children in a parade in Fairbanks near the Cushman Street Bridge, aerial shots of mountains, break-up, a family camping and sawing wood, and more aerial shots of mountains.
[Annabeth Hanlon collection 2]
[Annabeth Hanlon collection 2]
Footage includes people panning for gold, a B-17 flying overhead, men cutting firewood with a truck-mounted saw in downtown Fairbanks, downtown buildings, Wien Alaska Airlines operations at Weeks Field, an airplane taking off, Jim Dodson's airplane, hangars on the field, fire, children ice skating, dog sled races on the Chena Rive, men launching a small barge, travel in an outboard motor-powered riverboat, the tug M.S. Otter of Fairbanks pushing a barge, a grouse on the road, men working on a cabin, a small boat being launched in a lake, men cutting ice for drinking water with a hand saw, a car pulling a sled with blocks of ice, a fire in a Fairbanks Laundry building, and a formation of military airplanes. Notes accompanying the film say: view of McKinley, Deadwood and Dr. Schiable, around Fairbanks, sawing wood, around 2nd Ave., Wien Airways & Jim in planes, old Pan Am, Dorothy's house, skating in Main School yard, my 8th, dog team races at end of 2nd, K9 team won, youngster falling down, Albas trip, grouse, McKinley, ducks, Hanlon, building at lake, kids, lake boat, Albert Martin, Bob Harwood, geese, cutting ice, Bud Shaw, (?), fire at laundry, Russian DC-3, P-63 to Russia led by B-25.
[Arnie M. Lee and Family collection - 8]
[Arnie M. Lee and Family collection - 8]
Notes with this film say “1949 Charlotte Ames and Bob, Don, Mrs. Wiener, and Lee Family at Airport, Pan Am DC4; 1949 Norman and Ingrid at Badger Road cabin, 1962 Boat Races, Chena River in Fairbanks, Christmas 1961 Arne Jergen; 1962 Boat Races in Chena Rover; 1962 Norman’s second car 1956 Pontiac; 1962 Hydraulic mining Ester Alaska; 1962 Cleanup at Hassel’s Mine; 1962 Golden Days Fairbanks and Ingrid home in 1972; 1962 Arne and Arnold Nordale, Ferry at Nenana.” The film contains footage of a Pan American World Airways airplane, children playing, children hoisting one another with a rope and pulley system, children skiing, a Christmas tree in a home, a family meal in a home, the Chena River in downtown Fairbanks, power boats on the river, crowds gathered along the riverbank to watch boats, a Fairbanks home, hydraulic giants and a mining operation, men cleaning up a sluice box, dancing in downtown Fairbanks, Monty’s Department Store and Lacey Street Theater signs, views from aboard the Sternwheeler Yutana, the Nenana bridge, a fishwheel, highway travel, and Fielding Lake.
[Band plays at Sunset Strip in Fairbanks]
[Band plays at Sunset Strip in Fairbanks]
This footage includes scenes at the Sunset Strip night club in Fairbanks. A band plays, people dance, and a bartender serves drinks.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 1]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 1]
AAF-16092 is labeled, “Burrows No. 1 - Bill Burrows Master Edit Tape” and contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1989: Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Dairy Queen Parfait; J.C. Penney - Jewelry; Tesco - Parts; J.C. Penney - Fall Wardrobe; Mike’s Chevron - Air Conditioning July 1988; Young’s Gear and Drivelines 1 to 3 - Spring 1989; Tip Top Chevrolet - Indiana Jones; Auto Service Company - What It Takes and Reasons; Tip Top Chevrolet - No Fine Print No. 1; Compeau’s - Skidoo Long Track and Performance; Auto Service Company - Service; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Dairy Queen Sundae Paper Bag; Auto Service Company - August All Trac; and Tip Top Chevrolet - 1989 Sellathon.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 2]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 2]
AAF-16093 is labeled, “Burrows No. 2 - Bill Burrows Edit Master 9/89,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from 1989: Tip Top Chevrolet - Set Your Sights; Auto Service Company - Touch Down 1 and 2 and Cars Stacking; Mike’s Chevron - Atlas Tire Sale; Tip Top Chevrolet - Last Crusade and Anniversary ’57 Chevy; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - Positraction; Auto Service Company - Year End Clearance; Tip Top Chevrolet - 1990 Excited Lumina, 1990 Excited Tracker, 1990 Excited Storm, 1990 Excited 10 seconds, Bear Tracker, and Christmas 30 seconds and 10 seconds; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - C.V. Special; Tip Top Chevrolet - Back to the Future; Tesco - Electronics and Design and Parts; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Super Dog; Tip Top Chevrolet - Anniversary 1990 [producer notes indicate this spot is “ok to use for 1993 sale”]; Campbell Sports - Pre-Season Bike; FLOT - Opera; Campbell Sports - Screens, Pre-Season Softball, and 90 Days; Dairy Queen 50 year anniversary; and Tip Top Chevrolet.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 4]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 4]
AAF-16095 is labeled, “Bill Burrows Edit Master No. 4,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1991: Auto Service Company - Roof Cave In; Tip Top Chevrolet - Top Rock II; Compeau’s Winter Break I to III; Tesco - Cool Down Sale and Lightolier; Auto Service Company - Back in Showroom; Mike’s Chevron - Warm Memories; Auto Service Company - Time to Sell and Compare Camry; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - Mini Service and Quarter Pounder; Tip Top Chevrolet - Feeling Good New Car and Feeling Good Warm Weather; Auto Service Company (two commercials); Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron; Tip Top Chevrolet and Jaybird’s Wing World; Tip Top Chevrolet - Feel Good, and I Feel Good I and II; U-Save Auto Rental; Auto Service Company - Goodyear 1991, New Look and Eagle 1991; Tip Top Chevrolet - Robby Hood; Auto Service Company - Paseao; Fairbanks Fourth of July Celebration; Sourdough Fuel - Responsibility and Dependability; Auto Service Company - Great Day; Campbell’s Sports - Huffy Throw; Tip Top Chevrolet - Determinator; Jackovich - Summer; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - New Location; Compeau’s - Fair; Sourdough Fuel - Pancakes; Tip Top Chevrolet - Southside 1991; Auto Service Company - Tercel; Mike’s Chevron and Dale’s Chevron - McDonald’s Shake; Sourdough Fuel - Bill G; Tip Top Chevrolet - Used Car 1991; and Compeau’s - Ice Breaker.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 5]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 5]
AAF-16096 is labeled, “Bill Burrows Edit Master No. 5,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials and political campaign commercials from about 1991 and 1992: Bonnie Williams for Fairbanks North Star Borough Mayor - Shooting Range, Leadership, Carlson Center, Education and Schools, and Call; Sue Wilken for School Board Seat A, Fairbanks - Home and Bio; Hops Stationery - Dayrunner; Auto Service Company - Camry; Tip Top Chevrolet - Addams Family; Compeau’s - History and Bush; Hops Stationery - Halloween; U-Save Auto Rental - No. 2; Auto Service Company - 4 Runner; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Christmas; Shoppers Forum - 1 and 2; Hops Stationery - Christmas 1 and 2; Tip Top Chevrolet - Star Trek; Young’s Gear and Drivelines - U Bolt; Auto Service Company - Previa; Tip Top Chevrolet - Funnin’ 1; Compeau’s - Boat Save 1992; Tip Top Chevrolet - Captain Hook; Jackovich - Winters Worst I and II; Tesco Electrifying and Candle Power; Tip Top Chevrolet - Serious and Test Drive; Compeau’s; Pike’s Landing; and Tip Top Chevrolet - Used Car Roundup.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 6]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 6]
AAF-16097 is labeled, “Bill Burrows No. 6,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials and political campaign commercials from about 1992: Compeau’s - Air Chair Fun and Pike’s Boat Show; Tip Top Chevrolet - H. Robby Ginther, James Bond 007 1-3; Jackovich - Trimmers, and Firefighter; Compeau’s - Summer Generic 1992; Pike’s Landing - Champagne Summer Brunch; Jackovich - Enviroflex and Weather Promo; Tanana Valley State Fair 1992; Compeau’s - Boat 1992 Fair and After Fair; Factory Direct Furniture - $100, Free Lunch, and No Compromise; Compeau’s - Skidoo Fair and Skidoo After; Tom Brice for State House - Bio, Dirty Job, Tools, Dreams, Testimonial 1 Valerie Therrien, Testimonial 2 Howard Cutler, Testimonial 3 Catey Barber, and UAF; and Sourdough Fuel - Bigger, Auto Delivery and Service.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 7]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 7]
AAF-16098 is labeled, “Bill Burrow Edit Master 7,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials and political campaign commercials from about 1992: Tip Top Chevrolet - Quantum Leap; Don Gray for State House District 32 - Bio, Double Shift, More than Education, Resume, James Ranney, and Carol Rombers [sp?]; Northern Power Sports - Yamaha and Arctic Cat; Mike’s Chevron - Atlas Tires; Chevron Dealers - Atlas Tires; Valerie Therrien for Fairbanks North Star Borough Assembly - Hard Work, Served Who, Sacrificed, John Davies, and Testimonial 1 and 2; Juanita Helms for State Senate - Life Story, Pictures, and No Denali; Family Shoe Store; Juanita Helms for State Senate - Influence and Bettye; Tom Brice for State House - Fight Fair; Samson - Makita 1 and 2; Compeau’s - Christmas 1992; Factory Direct Furniture - Rocky I; Jackovich - Weather Promo; 660 AM KFAR - Bill Burrows Promo; Factory Direct Furniture - Gloves Off, Sunline with Mike and Sue Larson, and Snoring; Northern Power Sports - five 30 second commercials; Audio-only for furniture store; and Compeau’s - Skidoo in French.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 8]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 8]
AAF-16099 is labeled, “Burrows Advertising Edit Master No. 9,” and it contains the following Fairbanks-area television commercials from about 1993: Factory Direct Furniture - Shop Around 1 to 4 and SOS 1 and 2; Tip Top Chevrolet - Chevio Bros [Mario Brothers]; Compeau’s - Francais Formula and Francais Summer; Northern Power Sports - Yamaha Surge and Cat Cash; Factory Direct Furniture - Don’t Wait and Two Rooms; M & O Auto Parts - Insert and Plus; Hops Stationery - Christmas Catalog Pre and Post; Tip Top Chevrolet - Hillbillies; Shoppers Forum - Old Friends 1 and 2; Fairbanks Fast Foto; Pike’s Landing - Dinner Special; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Try Harder, and Best Deals 1 and 2; M & O Auto Parts - December Insert 1 and 2; Factory Direct Furniture - Dispersal; University Center - 1 to 3; Tip Top Chevrolet -Year End 1 to 7 [copyright General Motors Corp]; Factory Direct Furniture- Year Ends Upside; Ted Stevens - Silver Anniversary Celebration at Carlson Center; Pike’s Landing - Sports Lounge; Fairbanks Fast Foto - After Christmas; Tip Top Chevrolet - Year in Commercials 1993; and Factory Direct Furniture- Volume Buying.
[Burrows Advertising commercials 9]
[Burrows Advertising commercials 9]
AAF-16100 is labeled, “Burrows Edit Master No. 10 January 1994,” and it contains the following television commercials from about 1994: Compeau’s - Turbojet, Seadoo FL and Seadoo SP; Floormart - Special; Jackovich - Woodpile; Colonel Abner’s Carpet - Clearance; Northern Power Sports - Yamaha Clearance; M&O Auto Parts - Machine Shop; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Mega Stores; University Center - Presidents’ Day; Floormart - Teaser; Compeau’s - Spring Break 1 and 2; University Center - H&R Block and Easter; Woodriver School - Spring Bazaar; Jackovich - Optima; Floormart - Wood; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Think Fast 1 and 2; M&O Auto Parts - National Car Care; University Center 1 - 4; Floorcraft - Stock Exchange; University Center 5 - 8; Fairbanks Fast Foto - Paying Too Much; M&O Auto Parts - North Pole and Open; University Center - 101 Gold Give Away; M&O Auto Parts - Quaker State NP Open; Compeau’s; and Alaska Factory Direct Furniture.
[Eyth Family collection films 4]
[Eyth Family collection films 4]
This film contains scenes from the 1967 flood in Fairbanks including flooded streets and homes, a bridge, cars under water, people in a yard, a military truck driving through water with a truckload of people evacuating the flood, people on top of George’s Supermarket sign, and people on the roof of Traveler’s Inn.
[Fairbanks 1960s]
[Fairbanks 1960s]
This film contains views of Fairbanks in the early 1960s, including cars driving through thick ice fog downtown, muddy neighborhood roads during spring break-up, the sternwheeler “Nenana” parked along the Chena River prior to its restoration and move to Alaskaland, and a bulldozer clearing snowy land.
[Fairbanks, family scenes]
[Fairbanks, family scenes]
This film contains footage of men fishing in a river, a large garden in summer, cabins in the snow, trucks driving on a snowy road, Chena River during breakup with large ice flows, a gravel pit with dragline pulling up gravel and depositing to dump truck (dredging river?), farmland with cows, a snowy road, Fairbanks homes and a flower garden, Creamers Dairy and fields, traffic driving on 2nd Avenue in downtown Fairbanks, a woman opening gifts at what appears to be a baby shower, a newborn baby, various scenes of a very young baby in a crib, a baby getting a bath, a man holding baby in a baptismal gown, additional scenes of a baby getting older, laying on floor, rolling over, sitting up, playing with toys, scenes of Christmas, a Christmas tree, a baby in a baby seat next to a Christmas tree, and a group of people celebrating Christmas.
[Fairbanks International Airport construction]
[Fairbanks International Airport construction]
This film contains scenes of the construction of the Fairbanks International Airport runway and paved surfaces, starting after the trees have been cleared and ending with the first airplane landing. Footage includes construction crews with Caterpillar tractors, scrapers, dump-trucks and draglines moving earth and leveling ground, construction buildings and housing, a man demonstrating an unstable patch of ground which turns to jelly as he jumps on it, a drainage system and lighting system being installed, an asphalt plant in operation and paving crews finishing construction. The film ends with a Consolidated LB-30 Liberator owned by Morrison-Knudsen Construction Company making a landing on the completed runway.
[Geophysical Institute]
[Geophysical Institute]
This footage includes scenes from a youth sports competition, an airplane landing and taking off at the Fairbanks airport, stock car race footage, a man who was injured at the racetrack being taken away in an ambulance (story titled "Stock Car Spots") (September 1974) (silent), the Chapman building at University of Alaska Fairbanks, the Elvey building, a man being interviewed about changes at the Geophysical Institute over the past 25 years, a man demonstrating lab equipment, and a man being interviewed about radio transmission equipment being used to transmit medical information to remote villages in Alaska (October 28, 1974) (silent and sound).
[Geophysical Institute at UAF]
[Geophysical Institute at UAF]
Footage includes an unidentified speaker explaining the method for dating rocks used at the institute and how this information is used by geologists. An unidentified man also explains seismic recording equipment.
[George Steck collection 03]
[George Steck collection 03]
Scenes from the Miss Fairbanks contest in March of 1968. The footage also features singing and ballet performances.
[George Steck collection 04]
[George Steck collection 04]
Footage includes winter scenery near Murphy Dome, very snowy streets and cars at Second and Cushman in Fairbanks, mushers preparing for sled dog races downtown, and sled dog races on Second Avenue.
[George Steck collection 05]
[George Steck collection 05]
Footage includes the opening ceremony and activities for the Eskimo Olympics filmed inside the Gold Dome at Alaskaland.
[George Steck collection 06]
[George Steck collection 06]
Footage features Women's North American sled dog racers starting from the Alaska Dog Mushers Association on Farmers Loop.